As far as I understand it Holdsworth set up not one but three Sports Shield companies -
Sports Shield Ltd - on the 6/1/2015
Sports Shield Investment Ltd - on the 31/7/15
Sports Shield BWFC - on the - on the 9/12/15
And he was sole owner of the shares in them all.
Nothing much at all seems to have happened with the first one and its accounts have just recently fallen into being due - so no news to share with you on this part of his empire.
With 'Investments' a confirmation statement (the accounts to you and me) was filed on the 17th January 2017 - so at least we know it is active and has been audited recently.
The interesting one to me though is Sports Shield BWFC Ltd.
Now it is my understanding (I might be wrong about this but the name of the company does seem to suggest it is focussed on the football club) that this company was the one that entered into the BluMarble deal and received the loan from them which was passed on to the club (or at least £4 million of it was according to the clubs recent accounts).
On the 13th December 2016 a confirmation statement was filed (in which the 'Principal Activity Description' question was answered by the words 'Dormant Company'.
On the 31st January 2017 however a 'Sub-Division of Shares' was filed, which changed Holdsworth single share holding of £1, in to ten shares of 10p each.
The 'Prescribed Particular' of the shares state they have full rights including 'winding up' rights.
I guess all of this is normal of a fashion but the thing that struck my interest was the person who filed the 'Sub-Division' document.
Not the local solicitor or some company specialising in these things but a top notch Lawyer company - Mishcon de Reya LLP - a firm that represented Princess Diana in her divorce and more recently last year the company co-ordinated a challenge in the High Court by Gina Miller, an investment manager and philanthropist, against the process of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union.
Now what is one of the grandest company of Lawyers in the country bothering itself about filing share subdivisions at a little company that stated it was dormant just the month previous?
I wonder what all this means!
Link to Sports Shield BWFC Ltd at Companies House (see under the heading 'Filing history' for links to pdf's containing the information used above -
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